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A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

Written by: Shoukei Matsumoto
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto, read by Adam Sims. 

We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt to free ourselves of attachments. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It's not just monks who need to live this way. Everyone in today's busy world needs it. 

The Zen sect of Buddhism is renowned for the cleanliness of its monks, but cleaning is greatly valued in Japanese Buddhism in general as a way to cultivate the mind. In this audiobook, I introduce everyday cleaning methods typically employed in temples while sharing what it's like to be a monk in training. 

This book will improve the condition of not just your own mind but also the people around you. I hope listeners will discover that cleanliness is an opportunity to contemplate oneself.

Audio updated as of March 2018

©2018 Shoukei Matsumoto (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Simple, beautiful and satisfying

This book made me realize how a mundane and ordinary task like cleaning my home and surroundings is vital for healthy living. Listening to this book was just beautiful and satisfying. I am a lot mindful and grateful for the things around me. "Thumbs up Zen monks you guys know what you are doing."

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Excellent work !

Nice, clear advice on keeping our thoughts clean. Keep it up.

The narration was recorded well and was understandable.

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must read and practice with family. enlightening.

the book gives an altogether different and enlightening dimension to house cleaning. every aspect of house cleaning is correlated with how we operate our mind and body.

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Mindful cleaning

A new way to look at the daily chores and habits. It is a great realization that the chores could be satisfying and even enlightening if practiced with sensitivity and mindfulness. Nice book.

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  • SAMARA
  • 14-01-18

delivers what it promises

Would you listen to A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind again? Why?

yes, the lessons are worth listening to again

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I like how it ties observations about buddhism with the suggestions on how to clean. It opened up my mind to a different way of approaching everyday tasks. Peaceful and encouraging read.

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  • Kasper
  • 31-01-18

A good book.

This book seem like a good entrypoint to a calm mind.
it unfortunately ends abruptly.

The narrator was excellent.

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  • Billy
  • 14-04-19

Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul.

A great book that reminds us the importance of taking care of the things we own and the place we live which ineffect gives a sound mind, body and soul.

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  • Eleanor Bear
  • 15-01-18

Short and cut out before the end

I would not recommend this book. It was very short and the end of the book on audible came in the middle of a description of a breathing exercise. I would say this book could be useful for a monk learning how to look after a temple, but it really didn’t offer much for a normal householder like me.

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  • S. Kim
  • 13-10-19

Good story, not so good narrative

The story was good. It made me calm down and gave me a chance to look around me again. However, I cannot give a credit to narrative. Yes, the voice helped me clam down and focus, but it was very hard listen unless I was on earbuds or headphone. If anyone who want to listen this book through a speaker, especially during driving, I do not recommend it.

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  • Adam D
  • 15-01-19

Thought provoking

An intelligent and thoughtful insight into mindful living – from the methods behind cleaning a temple or your home to the clothes you should wear. The book is almost poetic at times and a relaxing listen.

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  • Meldorf
  • 17-08-18

Not what I'd hoped for

Beautifully read but not exactly what I hoped for. I was expecting more about cleaning as a form of meditation and taking pleasure in simple things. There was more culturally specific facts about the superiority of traditional Japanese tools and investing money in good quality Japanese handmade objects. There were a few tips - such as cleaning windows with newspaper and remembering to close kitchen cabinets. Things I knew already.

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  • Average shopper
  • 22-02-18

Robotic voice; finished abruptly without any conclusion, please fix

This is peaceful and relaxing book with good advice. However as I have already mentioned in the headline, the reading voice is robotic and so not very pleasant. The last chapter just stops unexpectedly.

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  • Steve B
  • 20-02-19

not worth it

Disappointed with this, if you want to feel guilty about not having a perfectly clean house then read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-18

90% content is about house cleaning, only 10% about mind

As a german housewife, I find the daily cleaning tips like feather duster and backing soda not what I‘m looking for in this book, but about cleaning the mind there is not so much new ideas. „Dust of the mind should be also removed“ is all what is said. Deeply dessapointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-01-18

so short and sweet you can read again

I fell asleep listening tbh. but it's so short. do you can listen to it many times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-18

Good to fall asleep to

I was hoping for more. It was a book about how to clean your home.

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  • Eloise Geerdink
  • 08-02-18

Inspirational without the cringe

Best narration of a book so far. Incredibly detailed but with a lot that you can apply without having the life of a Buddhist monk.